CCTV issued after Sussex and Surrey bicycle thefts

Image caption Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to identify

A CCTV image of a man police want to identify has been issued after bicycle thefts at railway stations in Sussex and Surrey.

British Transport police said it followed the theft of a £200 bike at Three Bridges, Sussex, and a £350 bike at Ashtead, Surrey.

Police have viewed CCTV of both thefts, which they said caused "enormous inconvenience and real upset".

In both cases, the owners had left their push bikes at cycle shelters.

Officers have urged the public to report any suspicious activity near cycle racks to railway staff or police.

Pc Paul Gardner said: "These offences caused enormous inconvenience and real upset to the victims, who were not only hit financially by the thefts, but were forced to make alternative arrangements for travelling to and from their homes until replacement cycles could be purchased.

"The quality of the CCTV stills is excellent and I am sure that someone will recognise this man."

Police have just released the CCTV images after the thefts on 3 and 24 July.

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